Partnering organizations include:

What is the Summer of Innovation?

Several organizations from across the Southern Tier have united to offer unique learning opportunities for children and young adults during the summer months. These organizations have a common goal of extending the traditional school year into a third summer semester. Our offerings have another purpose as well - to provide students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills that are essential to their success in the future.

How do I register my child for these courses?

To register your child for any of the courses on this site, click on the registration link for the agency offering the course your child is interested in. From there, you will be able to access the registration information you need.

Enrollment is limited; please register early!
When registering for courses, please use the grade your child will enter in the fall unless otherwise indicated.

What is the cost of these programs?

The cost of these academies varies. Please see the course description for information on price.

@GST BOCES Bush Education Center

459 Philo Road, Elmira
Please note: There is no charge for courses at the Bush Education Center.

Animal Science (Grades 7-12)


The Animal Science summer academy will give students hands-on animal care and handling experience. Each day will include care of classroom animals including guinea pigs, a rabbit, dogs, a cat, a hedgehog, a ferret and various reptiles. Students will clean enclosures, prepare daily diets, provide enrichment activities and learn how to groom and monitor the health of small animals. Throughout the week, students will use positive, rewardbased training methods to train one of the classroom animals to perform a behavior.

Conservation: The Outdoor Classroom (Grades 7-12)


If you're the outdoorsy, active type, this academy is for you! Throughout the week, you'll spend time in the great outdoor classroom learning to identify the trees and wildlife of New York State. We'll also look at pond life and test soil and water. You will take home a wildlife project that you construct and will enjoy some time fishing in our many ponds.

Cosmetology: Cosmolicious 101 (Grades 7-12)


Do you enjoy making people feel better about themselves? Come to the Cosmetology summer academy at the Bush Campus. Each student will learn the importance of hygiene and sanitation, braiding, manicuring, pedicuring and plain facials. Summer of Innovation students will work with a senior student from the Bush Cosmetology program.

Culinary Arts: Foods of the World (Grades 7-12)

Take a food tour of the world! We'll learn about various cuisines from different parts of the world. By the end of the week, you will have made dishes from Italy, Asia, France, Greece and the Middle East.

Woodworking/Mass Production: From Forest to Factory (Grades 7-12)

If you like working with wood, this course is for you! You'll learn how lumber is processed from forest to stock as well as how to plan, layout, measure, cut, assemble and finish your own woodworking project. In addition, you'll learn how to safely and properly handle all sorts of power equipment. The week will close with a field trip to a local sawmill.

To register for courses on any of the GST BOCES campuses, register online at

For questions or comments, contact:
Terri Walczak <>
at (607) 281-3152

@GST BOCES Coopers Education Center

9579 Vocational Drive, Painted Post
Please note: There is no charge for courses at the Coopers Education Center.

Auto Body: Intro to Collision Repair & Refinishing (Grades 7-12)

The collision repair industry is evolving at a faster rate than ever before and technological advancements have changed the way we view the industry. This change is paving the way for the next generation of technicians to be able to work on the rolling computers we drive today. During this week, students will learn some of the basics of collision repair, including dent repair, MIG/MAG welding, plastic repair and refinishing.

Auto Body: Custom Paint & Graphics (Grades 7-12)

Students will learn custom paint techniques used in the industry. They will achieve this using airbrushes, paint spray guns, stencils and free-hand techniques. They will layout and complete a pre-determined project. Then, they will be able to come up with their own design for a panel. Students will also get to visit a local racetrack for an exciting look behind the scenes. If time permits, we will learn about the exciting technique of water transfer printing, also known as hydrographics.

Auto Tech: Let's Go Racing (Grades 7-12)

If you're an auto racing fan, this class is for you. You'll begin the week by creating a team with your classmates and participating in a pit row competition. You'll learn to operate a lift and tire machines, identify fluids, check and adjust air pressure and build a V/C Racer. At the end of the week, we'll visit a local raceway.

Bench Worx (Grades 7-12)

Bench Worx uses both classroom and hands-on instruction to introduce the fun of woodworking. Follow lumber's path from the woods to the saw mill, lumber yard and wood shop. We'll travel to a local saw mill and lumber yard and learn how to use hand and power tools safely. Students will choose a project to complete and take home.

Cosmetology: Be Our Guest (Grades 7-12)

This year's academy is filled with exciting activities. Each student will learn the dynamics of thermal curling, updos, braids, make-up application and manicures. Students will practice these procedures throughout the week on a mannequin. On Friday, invite your mom or another special person to "Be Our Guest" for a day of pampering. During the week, we will visit two salons on Market Street in Corning for students to see the dynamics of a successful salon. At the end of the academy, each student will receive a certificate of completion and an award ribbon to take home.

Criminal Justice: Crime Scene Investigation (Grades 7-12)

With today's explosion of TV programs and media coverage of the latest advancements in crime scene investigation, young people are fascinated with the work of a forensics scientist. This course will give handson experiences to students who wish to learn more about Criminal Justice and what it takes to solve a crime. Students will learn about a wide variety of law enforcement careers and take a field trip to the Steuben County Jail and 911 Center.

Culinary Arts: Cake Decorating (Grades 7-12)

Do you enjoy cake decorating? Did you know you can make anything from a simple cake? Do you think there is nothing better than the taste of a mouth-watering cake with beautiful butter cream icing? If so, you will want to be a part of this course. You'll learn to identify the ingredients of a cake and the role they play. Finally, create the cake of your choice and decorate it as you wish.

Digital Media Arts: Creative Ventures (Grades 7-12)

If you love art, this class is for you! You'll practice computer graphics (Adobe Photoshop), photography, video and vinyl graphics. You will create photo composites such as a "Hybrid/New Animal" using two different images, a vinyl transfer for a T-shirt and a photo cup. You also will put yourself into another world using a green screen effect. Please bring a brown-bag lunch each day.

New Visions Medical: The Helping Hands in Healthcare (Grades 9-11)


Learn first-hand how rewarding it can be to help people when they are ill. First, we'll learn some healthcare basics, including infection control, HIPAA, professionalism and communication. Then, we'll take a complete tour of Corning Hospital to learn what each department does. Finally, students will be ready to visit patients and provide ice water, drinks and snacks; offer magazines and reading material; and communicate with patients, families and staff.

To register for courses on any of the GST BOCES campuses, register online at

For questions or comments, contact:
Terri Walczak <>
at (607) 281-3152

@GST BOCES Wildwood Education Center

1126 Bald Hill Road, Hornell
Please note: There is no charge for courses at the Wildwood Education Center.

Auto Technology: Lawn Mower Dragster (Grades 7-12)

Students will learn how to alter a riding lawn mower for speed and performance, and Grandpa's lawn mower will never be the same! Students will learn basic steering, suspension, internal combustion diagnosing, operation and fabrication skills.

Auto Technology: Pit Crew Challenge (Grades 7-12)

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in a pit crew? Come learn the tools and skills used to keep a car on the track. This class includes hands-on and classroom instruction and ends with a field trip to a local racetrack.

Banking and Finance (Grades 7-12)

Note: There has been a change in the dates for this course. - This class has been canceled.

Take a peek inside the world of banking and finance. You'll learn about banking operations, loans and finance and tour two local banks. You'll also learn about personal finance and how to maintain a budget.

CISCO Networking Academy (Grades 7-12)


If you're fascinated by computers, this is academy is for you. You'll identify the basic components of a PC and have a chance to take one apart. Then, you'll learn how to put it back together again and build a PC from scratch. We'll also learn how to network computers.

Criminal Justice: Crime Scene Investigation (Grades 7-12)

Through hands-on activities, role playing and brief lectures, we'll learn how law enforcement collects evidence at a crime scene. We'll find out why photography is such a vital part of the criminal trial process and learn how to process crime scene photography. In addition, you'll also learn about bloodstain splatter, the importance of DNA to a criminal investigation, how to make a plaster mold from a foot impression, the classifications of fingerprints and how to dust for fingerprints at a crime scene, how to collect and analyze trace evidences, how to analyze ballistics and the scientific principles of projectiles and how a drug dog can be used at a crime scene.

Culinary Arts: Making Lots of Dough (Grades 7-12)

If you can't resist freshly baked bread, why not learn to make your own? We'll make and eat several types of bread and learn the basics of kitchen safety and sanitation in the process.

Digital Media Arts: Trick Photography and Special Effects (Grades 7-12)

Learn the basic techniques of photography, then use Photoshop to create amazing trick photos. You'll also try your hand at creating a special effects video using Hollywood green screen techniques.

Entrepreneurship (Grades 7-12)

Note: There has been a change in the dates for this course.

Are you interested in starting your own business? Find out how other young entrepreneurs have found success. You'll develop your own business plan and hear from guest speakers who own their own businesses.

Welding: Fabrication and Welding Fun (Grades 7-12)

Learn to weld! This course will introduce you to safety in a welding/fabrication shop and how to use the tools of the trade. Then, learn to weld using a SMAW (stick) process and finishing off welding with GMAW (MIG).

Touch of Beauty Cosmetology Camp (Grades 7-12)

Do you enjoy getting pampered? Come to the GST BOCES "Touch of Beauty" Cosmetology camp at the Wildwood Education Center. Each student will learn the importance of hygiene and sanitation, manicuring, pedicuring, facials, facial makeup, and roller setting, updo's, and I-tip bead hair extensions. Summer of Innovation students will have the opportunity to bring in a guest on Friday to pamper and showcase what they have learned throughout the week. Summer of Innovation students will get to work one-on-one with senior students from the Cosmetology program.

To register for courses on any of the GST BOCES campuses, register online at

For questions or comments, contact:
Terri Walczak <>
at (607) 281-3152